The manager and coaching carousel around the major leagues is having a trickle-down effect on the A’s staff.
Chip Hale is leaving Oakland to become the bench coach for the Nationals under new Washington manager Dave Martinez, a source confirmed to NBCSportsCalifornia.com. It’s the second departure from Bob Melvin’s staff since the A’s announced a finalized group of coaches in mid-October. Bullpen coach Garvin Alston left Oct. 26 to take a promotion as the Minnesota Twins’ new pitching coach.
Hale was on his second stint with the A’s, sandwiched around a two-year run as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ manager. He was scheduled to shift from Oakland’s bench coach to third-base coach for the upcoming season, so the A’s will need to fill a hole for third-base coaching duties. They previously announced that Triple-A manager Ryan Christenson was being promoted to assume bench coach duties.
At the time the announcement of his staff was made, Melvin stressed that he didn’t consider Hale’s shift from bench coach as a demotion, saying he valued having someone experienced coaching third who was on the same page as him during games. But if Hale has aspirations to again be a big league manager, and he’s indicated all along that he does, taking another job as a bench coach could be the quicker route to making that happen again.
Hale also coached the A's infielders so the team will have to assign someone to fill the role.
So as free agency begins and the A’s consider which pieces they may want to add for their 25-man roster, they also have to find a new third base coach and bullpen coach.
Outfielder Mark Canha had an arthroscopic procedure to remove a cyst from his right wrist Tuesday at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. He’s expected to be fully healed and ready by the start of spring training.
OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s traded outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday. Brugman was designated for assignment on Monday.
Brugman made his major league debut with the A’s last year and batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .275 with a home run and nine RBI with Nashville and then batted .182 in nine games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.
Brugman was originally selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
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In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.
Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.
Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.
During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.
The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.
Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.
Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.
The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.